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kerry as well as senator chuck hagel, both served honorably in vietnam and in combat while dick cheney made sure that he got five different deferments to avoid fighting a war, vietnam, that he loved supporting. so let's take a look at the cheney legacy and see how it stacks up to the president's so-called second rate team. we've got an expert, howard fineman is editorial director of the "huffington post," and joan walsh is editor-at-large of salon. both are msnbc political analysts. dick cheney says the president's national security team is second rate. that's rich coming from the man who did more than anyone to sell the u.s. on a completely unnecessary war. take a look. >> we know with absolute certainty he is enriching uranium. we believe he has reconstituted nuclear weapons. i agree we will be greeted as liberators. we learn there was a relationship between iraq and al qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s, that it involved training, for example, on bw and cw, that al qaeda sent personnel to baghdad to get trained on the systems. it provided the iraqis pro
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.i.a. and chuck hagel as secretary of defense how does graham justify all that? this week's republican exercise on false equivalence. >> i'm going to ask my colleagues just like they did with john bolton joe biden said no confirmation without information. no confirmation back in information. >> john: that's right. back in 2005 then-senator joe biden tried to hold up john bolton's nomination to get information related to john bolton. graham is holding up hagel and brennan to asking is neither hagel nor brennan did. here to help sort this out is tonight's panel. eric boehlert senior fellow with media matters for america. and l. joy williams morning host for "this week in blackness." and dean obeidallah politico median and creator of the dean's report.com. i'm thrilled that you're here to join me. eric why is lindsey graham doing all this? is he just auditioning to a party to a base that di pieces him? >> it's clear that it's some sort of audition. he's doing it because he doesn't want to be primaried in south carolina republican. you know, it's not just graham. susan rice. there were senators who
Feb 12, 2013 6:00pm EST
on the nomination of defense secretary hopeful chuck hagel despite republican opposition. republicans won a delay of hagel's confirmation vote last week after demanding more information on his financial ties. republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina has vowed to block votes on both hegel and cia nominee john brennan by invoking the partisan dispute over the deadly attacks on u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. speaking to cbs news, lindsey graham said he would place a hold on the votes unless the white house provides confirmation on its response to the incident. >> i don't think we should allow britain to go forward with the cia directorship, hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense, until the white house gives us an accounting. what did the president do? >> the pentagon has announced an expansion of benefits offered to gay and lesbian couples. members of the military in same- sex relationships will receive full access to base facilities and groups, as well as joint assignments. but a number of benefits will still be denied, including health-insurance coverage and on base housing.
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that they confirm chuck hagel. some republicans have said they're going to walk out on the committee members. they're going to walk out. what's the latest? >> the republican aides who spoke to politico said republicans will walk out. we called the republicans. said are you going to walk out? spoke to crews who were on the committee. they said we're not walking out. they're not going to vote for him but they're not going to walk out. it looks like he will have the votes in committee. it will move out into the senate. but you always have a possibility of something happening. senator inhoff from oklahoma said he might put a hold or he might try to delay the confirmation. you certainly saw lindsey graham on sunday say until he finds out what the president had for breakfast on the morning of the benghazi attacks, he will put a hold on everything and then some. it is unclear what the final confirmation is but it is a step forward at 2:30. >> bill: if they call a filibuster and john mccain said he would not support a filibuster, it looks like there would be 60 votes to stop the filibuster. >> that's righ
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president obama's nominee to be the new secretary of defense, chuck hagel. whether or not they filibuster him that. >> don't have the votes, although at least one republican senator is threatening to try a filibuster anyway. senator lindsey graham of south carolina is also now threatening to put a hold on the hagel nomination, even though there is no precedent for that ever. no cabinet nomination has ever been filibustered or held by a senator. while lindsey graham is making the decision as to whether or not he wants to be famous forever for doing something nobody else has ever done in the history of the senate in order to block chuck hagel, the current defense secretary leon panetta is on his way out. they gave mr. panetta his sendoff on saturday, though it looks like he'll probably be in charge for another week or so. his time has been a period of lasting change for the u.s. military. after the end of the iraq war, he has overseen the beginning of the end of america's longest war ever in afghanistan. the clinton era policy of "don't ask, don't tell" ended under leon panetta's watch, at
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and this afternoon, 2:45, armed services committee, the vote on chuck hagel. where do we stand on the filibuster threat? >> you know, it's something that people talk about and putting a hold and wants to know when the full vote would happen. these start sorts of things. john mccain has cautioned against it. i still -- i've said this multiple times. you and i have talked about this. i do not think it makes sense to filibuster chuck hagel. i think republicans are not in a position politically speaking to win that fight. >> thank you very much. chris cillizza, we'll be watching and watching tonight and that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." and my colleague tamron hall has a look at what's next. >> great to see you. will president obama persuade congress in the state of the union address to do something big in his second term? joining me live, congressman chris van hollen and former white house speechwriter john lubbock. plus, the white house confirms president obama made a last-minute adjustment to the speech to respond to north korea's third nuclear test conducted overnight.
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look at what the president's motives are for picking chuck hagel, i think he wants a republican to be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do to the defense department which i think is do serious serious damage to our military capabilities. >> here we go. 44 past the hour. >> you could be a little more cheerful. >> i was trying to find the clock. >> you go all right, here we go. we're having a good time. nick sabin is here. be a little more exciting. >> i love him. >> democratic senator from west virginia, member of the senate armed services committee and co-chair of no labels. good to have you back on the show way over there. >> you're not used to this set, are you? >> no. i'm adjusting. takes me a while. >> i want to, first of all, joe, you brought some fascinating phrases from the first state of the union. george washington calling for quote adequate provision to support the public credit, providing for the common defense with the due regard to the economy and foreigners admitted to the right of citizens by uniform rule of naturalization. the first one. also talks abou